|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Plutarch (A.D. 46?A.D. c. 120)|
|QUOTATION:||These Macedonians, said he, are a rude and clownish people, that call a spade a spade. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. 2 Philip.|
[greek].Aristophanes, as quoted in Lucian, Quom. Hist. sit conscrib. 41.
Brought up like a rude Macedon, and taught to call a spade a spade.Gosson: Ephemerides of Phialo (1579). [back]
Rejected by some critics as not a genuine work of Plutarch.Ralph Waldo Emerson. [back]